Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan – To Rachel

Found In: Rosh Hodesh Heshvan: Oct.-Nov.

By Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg | Poem

Who am I to weep at a
supposed grave of a
dead ancestor?
Yet tears fallthick and sweetat your
blue velvet bier,
beloved Rachel,
While outside
boy soldiers, in green
stand guard.

Tears for them
And for me
A great flowing river of tears.

Yours, Rachel, remembered
for so long
And mine, still fresh,
And overflow,
For a moment,
The dry banks
Of separation.